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Facebook vs deepfakes

We wrote about deepfakes earlier this year and how they pose a considerable threat against nations and news-outlets. Anyone (really anyone) can create convincing video of, for instance, a public figure committing a crime. Now, Facebook´s AI group has announced a competition and a project to make a dataset to help develop technology that can detect this type of video.

“The goal of the challenge is to produce technology that everyone can use to better detect when AI has been used to alter a video in order to mislead the viewer.”

Great news! Let’s hope they are successful, fast.

Related article: Creating a data set and a challenge for deepfakes

Jack Ma retiring from Alibaba

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba´s co-founder and chairman Jack Ma is resigning. After co-founding Alibaba in 1999, Ma helped drive the company to a $460 billion valuation and is now shifting his focus to philanthropy. He started the Jack Ma Foundation in 2014, and has cited the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as an inspiration for his charitable endeavors.

Another Asian billionaire is also stepping aside, Yusaku Maezawa is selling a big part of his online fashion-retail company, Zozo, to Yahoo Japan. As part of the $3.7 billion tender offer, Maezawa will resign as CEO of Zozo, receive about $2.3 billion in cash, and maintain a 6% stake in the company he founded, according to Forbes. Apparently he is making this move mostly to focus on his latest investment in Space-X and his personal flight with Starship, planned for 2023.

Related article: Jack Ma retires from Alibaba as he turns 55. What comes next?
Related article: Ahead of SpaceX moon mission, billionaire Yusaku Maezawa sells a $2.3 billion stake in his fashion company to Yahoo Japan

Apple is launching mobile gaming subscription service

A few weeks ago we wrote that gaming has become the biggest entertainment industry and that mobile gaming is the biggest segment. Apple, which already is a part of the mobile gaming value chain via Appstore, now enters gaming for real as they launch their own mobile gaming service.

The question is if the targeted customer is willing to pay for a subscription every month or if the large number of free apps already available is enough for this segment.

Related article: Apple Arcade is a tough sell, despite its low price


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